“Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God…The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.” (Ezek. 1:1, 3 KJV)
If you’re like me, you would have caught some ideas, dreams or visions in the past that never experienced the required epiphany to stimulate the process of actualization. Most times, you may have felt this lack of enthusiasm or interest to give it a push. I remember very vividly a project I embarked upon in a particular city because of profits considerations. Because of the high demand in that service industry, the business became desirable. I engaged a consultant to do a feasibility study and the business plan. The numbers looked great and everything was looking good. I started off to set up structures for this business —but midway I lost stem. I found out that the inspiration wasn’t there. I was only moved by monetary consideration which is the least on my inspiration ladder.
In some cases, we may be motivated by other considerations apart from inspired vision and maybe achieve some modicum of success only to discover that we are on the wrong course of destiny. I read a quote from Thomas Merton that revolutionized my perspective of success. He said thoughtfully, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”
Inspiration is the respiration of vision. Without it, vision is impaired. It’s worthy of note, especially for those who believe in self help —that perspiration has no aspiration without inspiration. Someone said, “If you’re not inspired, you’ll expire.” In the words of Apostle Obii Pax-Harry, “…An uninspired mind can be a dead chamber to creativity and innovation.” Tony Robbins was ironically lenient to under-performers when he said, “People are not lazy. They simply have goals that do not inspire them.”
Hear this: Without inspiration, vision may never take off. Where it does take off, it may plateau at a low altitude. Inspiration gives your vision the required wings to fly. It’s the symphony of every epiphany. When your imagination meets revelation, inspiration is conceived and birthed.
I discovered that process is the only access to success. There’s no destination unless a process is in motion. But success has eluded many with great visions or prophecies because there’s no inspiration to process the idea, dream, vision or prophecy. What inspiration does is that it stimulates you mentally to process your vision. If you’re mentally strong and tough, your vision will emerge strong even if the process is rough.
Following the steps of my mentors, I find the Word of God as the greatest source of inspiration. The Word of God is an embodiment of visions. The ancient prophet of God declared, “And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed.” (Isaiah 29:11) The Psalmist said that he was inspired or stirred by beautiful words. “Beautiful words stir my heart. I will recite a lovely poem about the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.” (Psalms 45:1 NLT)
The visions embodied in the Word are not just ordinary visions, but inspired by the Holy Spirit for profitable living. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
(2 Tim. 3:16)
The good news is that we have access to the epiphanies of the Word that will inspire us to achieve our visions by the Blood of Jesus. The Word is no longer sealed for us believers because Jesus has prevailed and loosed the seals that blindfolded both the learned and unlearned. What a joy!
Permit me to commend you to the following practices that will open your mind and spirit to ceaseless flow of inspiration.
1. Immerse yourself in the Book of Visions— The Word of God—and practice meditation.
2. Pray in the Holy Spirit always.
3. Engage in heartfelt prayers for revelations.
4. Be conscious of the New Covenant ratified by the sinless Blood of Jesus Christ with its unlimited access and benefits.
5. Intentionally stay in an inspiring environment and with inspired people.
6. Engage your creative mind— you have the mind of Christ.
My prayer is that you continuously stay inspired to empower your continuous change of levels in this prophetic season and beyond. Your elevation is now!